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 nodding syndrome

Nodding disease or nodding syndrome is a recent, little-known disease which emerged in Sudan in the 1960s. It is a fatal, mentally and physically disabling disease that only affects children, typically between the ages of 5 and 15. It is currently restricted to small regions in South Sudan, Tanzania, and northern Uganda. Prior to the South Sudan outbreaks and subsequent limited spread, the disease was first described in 1962 existing in secluded mountainous regions of Tanzania, although the connection between that disease and nodding syndrome was only made recently.

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Last week, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng was reported in the media saying “there is no nodding disease crisis” in Northern Uganda. Meanwhile, legislators in the region disagree to her statement saying a cause to the sickness has to be found so that patients get proper treatment. “I believe that the ...

Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has refuted a report that many children are suffering from nodding syndrome in Acholi sub-region of northern Uganda. According to the minister, the children said to be suffering from nodding syndrome could be epileptic. She told journalists in Kampala that the last ...
Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda's ministry of health has refuted reports that there is little support being provided by government to deal with Nodding Disease (Nodding Syndrome) in the north of the country. Minister of Health Dr Ruth Aceng told the press Monday that the supply of ...
The progression of the nodding disease, its dehumanising impact on communities, families, and victims, and government's strategic neglect of the sufferings is disturbing and inhuman. Allowing this disease to feed unfettered on our children, is really felling the Acholi trees by drying out its foliage first.
As Northern Uganda attempts to heal from the scars of a brutal LRA conflict that brought its economy to its knees, a deadly plague is haunting the area.Children affected by nodding disease experience a complete and permanent stunting of growth. The growth of the brain is also stunted, leading to mental ...
Two children, who were suffering from nodding syndrome, have died just a month after a care centre in Omoro District that catered for them was closed due to shortage of funds. At least 29 children suffering from the syndrome were in December last year sent home after the closure of the centre in Odek ...


 

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